« on: September 13, 2008, 10:05:48 AM »
If you'd like to make statements like that, I'm sure the comments section of Ann Coulter's blog would welcome you. Otherwise, here, you deserve what comes of it.
jeffislouie and i don't agree on everything but i can say as a conservative that it is precisely this type of logic (piggy's) that gets liberals in trouble. assuming that all conservatives are either mouth-breathing hayseeds or bomb-throwers like ann coulter is ridiculous...it also alienates a sizeable portion of the electorate, some of whom might actually vote for the democratic ticket. it floors me for example that the expression on many liberal's faces when they describe palin's affiliation with a fundamentalist church closely resembles the look one might register upon discovering they've stepped in a steaming pile. say what you want about christianity, even the bible-banging variety, this is a country of churchgoers. roman catholics like me get annoyed when liberals question the intelligence of a candidate because she believes in god. the fact that she is a pentecostal christian for example seems to bother many intellectual liberals far more than obama's affiliation with a rabidly racist minister and a salvation-based (as in you are either saved or you aren't), fundamentalist approach to religion. this is completely incongruous. her approach to life is met with thinly veiled scorn, even by the likes of Charlie Gibson, who is supposed to maintain some semblance of objectivity. guess what, about half the country is pro-life. pissing them off by insulting their world view is hardly an intelligent approach to winning an election. my liberal friends (and let's be honest, the truly countercultural viewpoint these days is the conservative one, these days you can't throw a dead cat without hitting some student protest or a group of liberal students or faculty...i don't think there is a single conservative professor at my school) often cluck their tongues disapprovingly when i mention my pro-life stance as if i am somehow intolerant of their viewpoint. when i ask them if they would ever vote for a pro-life candidate they almost scream out "hell no!" if i agreed with a candidate on 90% of the issues, but disagreed with them on abortion, i would seriously consider voting for them. this is at least as much of a litmus test for liberals, those who claim to be accepting of a broad range of viewpoints, than it is for social conservatives. guns are another interesting one. never mind that the right to bear arms (let us set aside the interpretation of the amendment for a moment) is actually explicitly mentioned in the bill of rights. this kills intellectual liberals. it is far harder to get to "a right to privacy" reading the constitution than it is to reach "i can own whatever f-ing gun i choose". visiting liberal blogs i notice people make much noise about palin's pro-gun stance and her ability to field dress a deer. again, bad idea. i go deer hunting with many lunch pail democrats (truck drivers, bar owners, construction workers) who don't like the way intellectual liberals belittle what is for them an important facet of their lives. hunting season is bigger than christmas in these families. in this way intellectual liberals show the same kind of xenophobic tendencies they slam the right with. they don't understand the rural hunting culture. it scares them. so they demonize it. these are good hard working people. so they can't talk derrida. they're god-fearing, gun-toting, pick-up driving blue collar democrats. remember, the ones reagan won over in his two landslides? be careful how you talk to people. you are clearly and absolutely in the majority on these boards. you are clearly and absolutely in the majority on campus where your worldview is reinforced in the echo chamber of academia. just realize that the real world isn't like that and that tens of millions of your fellow countrymen don't agree with you on much and that as an intellectual liberal (as opposed to the blue collar liberals, the farm and labor types) you are actually a pretty small minority.